Title: Letters of Wallace Stevens
Publisher: Knopf, NY
Publication Date: 1981
Illustrator: Photo Illus. In b&w
Book Condition: Almost Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Fine
Edition: 5th Printing
Book Type: Modern Literature
Book has remainder mark on top paper edges (red slash), top paper edges are age toned. DJ has 1/4" closed tear on top edge of DJ spine. 610pp with Index. Grey/black cloth. Stated 5th Printing(July 1981). Square, bright, tight copy with firm corners. No internal names, notes or markings. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover ($25.00). Photo illus. in b&w. 800-plus letters written over a period of 60 years (1895-1955) collected, edited and annotated by his daughter. A must read for lover's of Stevens poetry. EXTRA POSTAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING - Flat Rate Priority Med. Box only - $68.00 with tracking and insurance. (H) Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 18504
Synopsis: Long unavailable, now in paperback for the first time, these are the brilliant, subtle, illuminating letters of one of the great poets of the twentieth century. Stevens's famous criterion for poetry—"It should give pleasure"—informed his epistolary aesthetic as well; these letters stimulate one's appetite for poetry as they valorize the imagination and the senses. They also offer fascinating glimpses of Stevens as family man, insurance executive, connoisseur, and friend.
FROM THE BOOK:"Next to the passion flower I love fuchsias, and no kidding. . . . Down among the Pennsylvania Germans there was a race of young men . . . who carved willow fans. These men would take a bit of willow stick about a foot long, peel it and with nothing more than a jackknife carve it into something that looked like a souvenir of Queen Anne's lingerie. The trouble that someone took to invent fuchsias makes me think of these willow fans. However it is a dark and dreary day today and who am I to be frivolous under such circumstances."—from a letter to Wilson Taylor, August 20, 1947
From the Inside Flap:
"These letters—nakedly honest, often deadpan, personally reserved, and intellectually informative—light up the poems and are themselves, in their exquisite and self-critical formulations, notable literary documents."—Helen Vendler, Harvard University
"The music is in the poems, but the letters are their own literature of a uniquely imaginative life."—Philip Booth
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